Previewing the Entrants of Eurovision 2019 – Part Nineteen: Iceland

Hello everyone and welcome to another post on The Blogging DJ. Today I will be continuing to look in-depth at each of the forty-one songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In this post we are travelling north to Reykjavik to analyse one of the most unique entries to the contest in recent years, Hatari, who are representing Iceland with “Hatrið mun sigra”.

Selection Process

As has been the case for many years, the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV have organised a national selection, titled Söngvakeppnin, to decide who will represent them in the Eurovision Song Contest. Ten songs were whittled down to five in two semi-finals, before a combination of votes from an international jury and the public named Hatari as the winner, thus winning the ticket to Tel Aviv. It has also been announced that Iceland will perform in the second half of semi-final one, in position thirteen.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

This is the most unique Eurovision entry I have seen for years and was probably born in a 1980s psychedelic sex dungeon. Black-eyed dancers show their flexibility and a man in a gimp mask bangs boxes with his large hammer. Never thought I’d write that for this contest. I enjoy the contrast between the harsh roar of one vocalist with the dream-like wail of another; though the latter is probably the weaker part of the entry. The issue I really have is that the staging and the song don’t go anywhere following that initial shock; maybe a more staggered approach at the contest could work in their favour. It’s not my type of music at all but I think it will appeal to many and could be the dark horse of this year. 6.5

Live Performance Video


According to Oddschecker, you can currently get odds ranging from 9/1 to 13/1 on Iceland winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. This places them in the top five, and suggests a lot of betters and bookmakers have this down as a contender for the victory.

Record at Eurovision

Iceland have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-one times since making their debut in 1986, performing in the Grand Final on twenty-four of those occasions. Their best finish came in 2009, where Yohanna asked “Is it True?” and took second place behind runaway winner Alexander Rybak. Ten years prior to that, Selma was “All Out of Luck” but also claimed the runner-up spot. Will they take another second place or go one better ten years after Yohanna? Last year, Ari Ólafsson sung a ballad of peace and love called “Our Choice” but voters chose not to respond, placing him in last place in his semi-final.

So what do you make of the Icelandic entry? Will Hatari maintain Iceland’s recent record of finishing in second place in every year ending with a nine, or even go one better? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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